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Sea Otter Inn
Ranked #4 of 12 Hotels in Cambria
Certificate of Excellence
Sarasota, Florida
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“Very nice!”
Reviewed 5 November 2013

I loved this place! It was very cozy and clean and had that home type of feeling to it. I am picky about these things. If a place is disgusting, I'll use towels all over the floor/carpet as a rug. Not needed here as it was clean and quiet. We only stayed for the afternoon and night and got a great room. Most places give you the dumpy rooms when they know you're only staying one night.That was not the case here. Beach was right across the street! We chose this place as our "quiet night" stop. It was just that. Very nice folks at the front desk also. Breakfast was free and simple but of high quality items. The restaurant in town left a lot to be desired, but that's always a hit or miss thing when you travel. They had better than the one what we picked. If you're traveling the coastline as we were, put this place on your stop list. You won't be sorry you did.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed 25 October 2013 via mobile

Nice hotel - very convinient for Hearst castle. A bit pricy though compared to the value, but over all okay.
Nice large rooms, fireplace didn't work, but we didn't complain about as temperatures where okay.
Their breakfast was better compared to what I have experienced elsewhere in the same price range.

  • Stayed October 2013
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So Cal
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

We have stayed at the Sea Otter a few times and we always enjoy ourselves. The location is awesome, it's very clean and staff is pleasant. Plus, we usually get a very good deal. The rooms have everything you need. They are fairly spacious and the bed are comfortable. We will be coming back.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Roseville, California
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

My husband and I stayed here on a drive up the coast. We got a great deal on Travel Zoo and ended up paying a lot less than other guests! :) We only stayed one night but thought the staff was very friendly. A light breakfast was included. The room itself was small and pretty dated but very clean and had a nice fireplace. They have a nice pool and hot tub but we didn't get a chance to use either one. The location on Moonstone Beach was terrific and we over all liked the place. We would stay here again if we were able to get a similar price.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Orlando
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

I would not pay more than $100 to stay here. This is average lodging, it is clean, service is nice and location is pretty much like the others. There is a gas-fireplace that does the job, but if you are looking for a cozy/charming place to stay this is not for you. We got a good deal and stayed for just one night as part of our "route one" trip.

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ParadiseInThePines, General Manager at Sea Otter Inn, responded to this review, 19 October 2013
Thanks for the honest feedback. If you were able to stay at our property for such a low rate, you received a very good deal in comparison with other three-diamond inns on Moonstone Beach Drive. Most of our guests tell us that they find Sea Otter Inn to be both cozy and charming. It seems there's no accounting for taste....
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Richland, WA
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

The Sea Otter Inn is old and in desperate need of remodeling. When was the last time you had a 400 pound TV in a resort room. If you've read about the heaters in other reviews, it's all true. Do yourself a favor. Turn the heater way down and use your blankets. The heater igniting will wake you up every 15 or 20 minutes. Breakfast is nothing to write home about either--store-bought bagels and mini-muffins. But the beds are really comfortable. Once you turn off the heater, you'll sleep like a baby.

When you check in you'll get a map of Cambria. IT IS NOT TO SCALE. It shows a restaurant, the Moonstone, very close to the hotel. Seeing that, you might think all the other restaurants and shops are close by. They are not. It's a good 1+ mile, one-way trip into the northern part of Cambria, and another 1+ mile hike into the southern part. The southern part is the best for restaurants and shops. We walked the first night, but took our car the second when we went to southern Cambria.

It's close to Hearst Castle. This is a must see for anyone in the area. Truly fabulous.

We would stay here again because we know about the heat and the map. A little updating could make it a real nice place to be. Don't change the beds, they were great. Everything else needs to go.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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ParadiseInThePines, General Manager at Sea Otter Inn, responded to this review, 19 October 2013
As with many family-owned inns, we prioritize capital expenditures. Our ocean-view rooms and suites have new flat-screen TVs, and we will replace the older TVs in the king and two-queen rooms as soon as possible. As there is no kitchen on property, we buy our deluxe continental breakfast items (hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, individual boxed cereals, bagels, fresh fruit, oatmeal, etc.) from outside sources. Our delicious muffins and all other pastries are fresh-baked and delivered daily by Cambria's own Allocco's Bakery. Sorry about the fireplace heater ignition sounds--it's just the nature of the beast. You're right about the map, which was custom-made in order to locate Cambria restaurants for our guests. It's great to hear that you plan to stay with us again--we hope it will be sometime soon!
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Lancaster, California, United States
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Reviewed 5 October 2013

My wife and I have stayed in Cambria more times then I can remember and stayed at most of the Hotels on Moonstone Drive.....and we always seem to return to the Sea Otter. It was the 1st place we ever stayed when visiting and we are due to return very soon and I am sure it will be a great stay this time we booked a Ocean front room. all the other rooms are clean and wonderful so this should be the same.

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Property: Sea Otter Inn
Address: 6656 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA 93428-1812
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Region: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Cambria
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Cambria
#9 Romantic Hotel in Cambria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Sea Otter Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sea Otter Inn is located on Cambria's famous Moonstone Beach Drive just across from the Moonstone Beach boardwalk. A family-owned property, this charming country-style inn features 25 cozy fireplace accommodations ranging from traditional hotel rooms to family suites and ocean-view rooms. A year-round outdoor heated pool and spa complete the getaway ambiance. All guests receive complimentary Wi-Fi, HBO, and continental breakfast. Minutes from Hearst Castle and local wineries, Sea Otter Inn is the perfect home base for exploring California's Central Coast. ... more   less 
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